United Methodists from across the North Georgia Conference will converge in Athens June 16-19 at The Classic Center for the 2015 Annual Conference Session.
With a theme of "We Are God's People Connected: A Focus on Global Health," worship and reports will celebrate what can be accomplished because of the connected nature of our United Methodist Church.
The week's agenda, meal schedule, and important information for delegates is found in the Annual Conference handbook. The handbook will be distributed to clergy and lay members at District Pre-Conference Briefings. Download the PDF version of the handbook at ngumc.org/AC2015.
The main business item for the Annual Conference session will be electing delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Handheld electronic voting devices will be used to aid in the elections process. Though typically three-days, the conference has been extended to four days to allow for the voting process.
Members of the Annual Conference will elect 11 clergy and 11 lay delegates to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. An additional 11 lay and 11 clergy delegates will be elected to serve as North Georgia's Jurisdictional Conference delegation. The Conference will also elect several reserve delegates.
The Annual Conference Special Offering, also called the Bishop's Appeal, will go toward Imagine No Malaria. (The fund number for the offering collected at Conference is Fund 1500.) Fundraising at churches and districts began immediately after Annual Conference 2014 in June and will continue through Annual Conference.
Members should be sure to pack their running shoes. Proceeds from the Annual Conference 5K will go to Imagine No Malaria. Register for the 5K run/walk at www.ngumc.org/AC2015.
The United Methodist Women will collect assembled UMCOR Health Kits as this year's mission project.
Childcare will be offered for infants through rising 6th graders during the 2015 Annual Conference session. Infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children will be cared for in a church nursery setting. Rising 1st through 6th graders will be able to register for Grow Day Camp, a sibling ministry of Glisson that brings the flavor of summer camp to local churches. Both childcare options will be hosted at Young Harris Memorial UMC in Athens a mile and a half from the Classic Center.
For those unable to attend, live streaming will be available at ngumc.org/AC2015 beginning with opening worship at 2 p.m. June 16.
For information on deadlines, news, and hotel availability, check www.ngumc.org/AC2015 regularly.